Kidsí Airport Diversion Guide

‘Why Aren’t We There Yet?’

By Deirdre Wlson

Getting stuck at an airport for hours during a layover or flight delay is probably the worst part of traveling for anyone. Unless, of course, you’re stuck at an airport for hours with your children. Then the nightmare can take on a whole new dimension!

If this could be you, then take note of’s recently updated Kids’ Airport Diversion Guide, which details fun, kid-friendly distractions at 24 major U.S. airports and 10 international airports in foreign cities.

Delayed at San Francisco International? Check out the aviation models and cool Pan Am exhibit at the San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library & Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum. It’s modeled after a 1937 waiting room at the airport. There’s also an aquarium in Terminal 1’s Boarding Level C, and a Kids’ Spot near Gate 87A in Terminal 3 with a crawling structure and a plasma wall displaying arcs of color activated by sound.

• Take your kids to the Flight Path Learning Center of Southern California at Los Angeles International. The center is located next to the airport at 666 1 West Imperial Highway, and kids can see aircraft models and other exhibits for free.

New York’s John F. Kennedy International has an AirTrain that’s free when you’re using it to connect between terminals. The guide describes it as “sleek, fast, elevated and guaranteed to give you and your children a fascinating bird’s eye view of one of the most colorful airports anywhere.”

• Kidport, located on the departure level of Terminal C at Boston Logan International, features an airplane-climbing structure, a baggage-claim slide and a play area for infants and toddlers. In Terminal A, another Kidport offers a replica of Boston’s air traffic control tower.

• The free, underground train at Denver International seems to fascinate kids, but the airport also has a small, unsupervised play area on the mezzanine level of Concourse B.

• Check out the three Junior Flyer Clubs at Dallas/Fort Worth International, considered one of the most kid-friendly airports. One such club at Gate 12 in Terminal B has a play area themed with a runway, roadway, car, plane and control tower (with a sitting area for parents!). The other two clubs are located at Gate 14, Terminal C, and at Gate D-30 in Terminal D. Kids will also like riding the super fast Skylink, which connects flyers from one terminal to another.

For the complete list of kid distractions at major airports here and abroad, download the guide for free at